Why I identified with the Prodigal in Heart of Man

“If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!” (Psalms 139:8 TPT)

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Dark. Trapped. No escape. You’ve done everything you’ve known to do, but you can’t get free. Can’t escape your prison.

Bruised body. Scarred face. Bloodied arms. An expression of pain replaces the once radiant smile as a young man hits the cave wall over and over until his head is gashed and blood spews down his face. Exhausted and trapped, he curls in a ball and sobs. Over and over until his body shakes.

That scene is from the movie, Heart of Man, a portrayal of the Prodigal Son intermingled with real-life prodigal stories. Although several scenes moved me, that one grabbed me by the throatI’ve been there metaphorically — banging my head against the wall because I’ve felt trapped in my own prison. I want to be free from fear, rejection, and shame, but I don’t know how. I’ve done everything I know; yet, I’m not free. I don’t know how much longer I can live in this prison.

Just like my story and like the Prodigal’s, the story is about the Father’s love. His heart for us.

A heart that never relents pursuing his lost sheep–the ones who run from him in their times of darkness.

Until we humble ourselves like the Prodigal and turn to the Father for help, we are trapped. But that moment when we turn, we discover he was there all the time. Before, we were so enmeshed in our sin that we didn’t discern his presence or hear his love song. Perhaps we didn’t want to hear it. But God is so patient and relentless.

The song Reckless Love demonstrates His relentless pursuit of our heart:

Verse 1, First verse:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me

Verse 2:

When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me.

You have been so, so
Good to me

When I felt no worth
You paid it all for me
You have been so, so
Kind to me


Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God


Seeing God’s reckless love in action was why I appreciated this movie. People shared their story of lying in the pit of sin, unable to escape and full of shame. But the moment they humbled themselves and cried out for help, God was there in the midst of their pain. He was there the whole time.

Once they realized that he was there, they reached out for his arms of love. And only his love could remove all the grime of filthy sin. Only his love could clothe them with the white robe of righteousness.

The Prodigal and the Father walked out of the cave together. Thankfully, Jesus made this possible. He came down into our brokenness, died when he took on sin, then resurrected as the new man. He gave us the opportunity to receive this gift of a new nature, and extended an invitation to walk with the Father out of the brokenness that held us captive.

How about you? Do you have a Prodigal story? Please share in Comments below.



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